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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,981 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,981
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 83
Gots: 185 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, like cola. Transparent. Nice creamy, tan head. It's an appealing appearance, but the smoked porter always seem kinda light to me.

The aroma is heavy on the vanilla and very light on the smoke. The normal version is already a little lacking in smokiness for my taste, but the vanilla pretty much hides what was there. That said, it's a rather nice vanilla flavor, so it's hard to complain too much. Caramel is also pretty strong with a chocolate note in the background.

The taste is sweet but not over the top, and there's still a lot of vanilla. There's a hint of smoke in the finish with a bit of hop and roast bitterness. Some coffee flavor gets in the mix, as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's pretty chewy for 5.9% abv.

Good beer with nice flavors, but they're just not quite in the proportion that I'd prefer. The vanilla is particularly strong, which would be a bigger problem if it wasn't such a nice, natural vanilla flavor.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cigar city snifter

A: pours a dark brown/black color when held up to the light has some deep ruby streaks. 1 finger khaki. head is less dense than regualr smoked porter

S: big vanilla bean, smoke, chocolate, coffee, earthy, nutty

T: wow, huge vanilla extract smell upfront, then chocolate and earthy/nutty undertones. Big roasty finish, the smoke is kind of lost but you get some on the finish.

M: medium/full bodied, not syrupy but enough sugar to hang around and coat your mouth. finish is sweet and toasty/bitter.

O: I think this was my least favorite, though I love vanilla and I love that they made this variety. I feel like this out of the two is the one that makes you lose more of the base beer behind the added ingredient. Still a tasty beer and worth the 3 bucks.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown with some red when the light hits the edges. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Tons of vanilla here. Not getting a whole lot of smoke. Mildly sweet roasted malt and vanilla beans.

Taste: I am getting some of the smoke here. The smoke and roast are a bit smoother than the chipotle version. The vanilla beans show up throughout the sip with a slight malt sweetness. There is a mild vanilla roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: I liked this better than the chipotle version. I enjoyed both, but I'm a sucker for vanilla. Very nice.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body pours jet black beneath the frothy tan head which slowly disappears to leave a scattered sticky lacing.

Aromas of smoked and roasted malts float from the glass with earthy hops as well. There is also a touch of oat. Not much vanilla to speak of in the nose.

The flavor consists of smoked malt with a heavy dose of vanilla with more of a muted hop presence until it warms. I think I prefer the more smoked characteristics of the original.

The body is on the thicker side and almost chewy with medium carbonation.

Worth a try for this variation on a stone classic. At times the vanilla overtakes the smoked malt on the palate but tasty just the same.

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2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Looks like a dark, roasty porter, with a very bubbly, frothy, and vicious mocha head that clung to the glass on the way down and then some.

S: Didn't care much for the smell on this one. One of the danger of adding a dessert element to a base beer with a very smokey smell (or flavor) is that is come off (to me) like melted plastic.

T: The taste wasn't any better. It had sort of a stomach acid quality mixed in with the plastic as well, which kill all the smokiness of the original while leaving the bitterness intact.

M: Yeah, pretty bitter and most unpleasant taste-wise, but I still like the thick, snot-like texture here and the ridiculous lacing that was left behind.

O: This one sounded great on paper, but the result left far more to be desired.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As Stone's Smoked Porter is one of my all time favorites, I thought it would be really exciting to try it with vanilla bean this time around! After all, the original tastes like double fudge brownies, so the addition of vanilla should prevent me from adding actual vanilla whipped cream to the original - still tempted though! Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Not much of a head on this thing, but it still produces the very same Stone porter color I know and love. It really looks like dark chocolate mousse. As other users have already pointed out, the lacing is prominent, to the point of making up any lost head. Not much carbonation, but good enough.

Indeed, the vanilla bean has manged to become present enough, and it whirls really well with the smoked, chocolate malty aroma. It smells delicious - almost like freshly baked cake! There's a sweetness around the end, and while there's barely any hoppiness or spiciness, it's pretty great.

Flavor and feel are another story, however. The beginning is quite smoky (as expected), with a vibrant dark chocolate flavor. The middle turns bitter and yeasty, and while the finish attempts to leave a vanilla aroma, it is quickly overpowered by the smoke and slightly burnt chocolate. In fact, I hate to say this, but the vanilla - as much as it *should* produce a crème brûlée flavor - doesn't do anything more than distract from the original Smoked Porter recipe! Body is too thin for me, despite the fact that the flavor overall is decent. The everlasting smokiness doesn't mix too well with the sweetness produced by the vanilla, and indeed, it all tastes like burnt sugar by the end.

I suppose I'll have to honestly say that I much rather prefer the original over this. It was good experimental try for Stone, but it has flavors that conflict, rather than benefit one another.

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,981 ratings.